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Nance Crawford

Books - Plays - Words & Music

Nance Crawford, Author

If you'd like details (Synopsis, Cast Requirements, sample pages, and a photo or two) about plays listed here that are available for production, here's a link to my page at the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP)


I became a produced playwright at age 11, when my graduation tome, "An Afternoon in Rio," was produced by the sixth grade at Wilshire Crest Elementary School. To this day, I do not understand why my pointing off and out, above the audience, exclaiming, "Oh, look! There's Sugar Loaf Mountain!" got such a huge laugh. I thought it a very convincing moment.


At 16, I became a member of the first theatre class taught by  John Ingle, fresh out of Occidental College, suddenly presented with the brand-new, and third largest, theater stage in Los Angeles - at Hollywood High. It was, and remains, a barn. (One learns to project in a 1,500 seat auditorium with no acoustics.) He chose my adaptation of "The Land of Oz," for the annual Holiday production. I danced in the Flower Ballet.


My first published story appeared in Jack & Jill magazine, "My Brother, Johnny Crawford" (Surprise!); shortly thereafter, I became the Young Hollywood gossip columnist for Teen Life Magazine, Sterling Publications, New York. 


Then came Real Life.


PLAYS                                                                                          SONGS (Words & Music, con’t)                                                          SONGS (Lyrics only)
                                     
The Appleheart Cart                                                                  Letter to Mama                                                                                      Break Out the Ornaments                                
Buona Notte, Granna Sara                                                      Lies                                                                                                              (with Bonnie Janofsky)
The Christmas Dragon (musical; Book & Lyrics)               Many Kinds of Love
Dinner a Deux                                                                            Me or the Music                                                                                    The Christmas Dragon
For Whom the Beals Toils                                                       Shorter Songs                                                                                            (with Malcolm Atterbury Jr.)
How to Make a Red Hat                                                           Sittin’ Up With a Friend                                                                                  Never Cross a Witch            
Jessica & the Devil (musical; Book & Lyrics)                      Stand By the River                                                                                          Trust Me
King's Games: A Memoir of Richard III                                 Upstairs at the Union Hotel                                                                          The Name Game
The Land of Oz (Adaptation)                                                   Walkin’ Man                                                                                                      Knight Plight
Love and the Grim Reaper                                                     Who Got the Number - ?                                                                                I Like You
The Tinsel-Town Follies                                                          You Never Knew Him                                                                                     Tea Time
Where There's a Will                                                                You Can’t Go Home Again                                                                            This is Like Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Draggin’ Around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Have a Happy Christmas!
BOOKS                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jessica & the Devil
Dragon Solstice                                                                                                                                                                                                (with Russell Horton)
Dreams & Portents 
King's Games, A Memoir of Richard III
King's Games, The Commentaries                                                                                                                                                                  Coming & Going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Gambler’s Lament
SONGS (Words & Music)                                                                                                                                                                                     Revolting Ladies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Castle in a Cloud
Christian                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Curse of the Drinking Class
City Girl, Country Song                                                                                                                                                                                          Angel
Far Foreign Field                                                                                                                                                                                                    If
Fiddlin’ Fanny                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hope
Husbands, Lovers & Wives                                                                                                                                                                                 Good Intentions
I’m Singin’                                                                                                                                                                                                               To Hell with Togetherness
Incredible, Compassionate Heart                                                                                                                                                                      As I Seem to Have Done
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jessica

Former President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Writer's Club (CWC-SFV).